Michael Wood helps clients navigate litigation, regulatory
actions, and internal and government investigations involving complex civil, criminal,
and compliance issues. His practice
focuses on internal and government investigations, white collar criminal
defense, and securities litigation, and business litigation.
Drawing on his experience as a federal court clerk, Michael represents
individuals, corporations, and public entities in state and federal court in
connection with civil and criminal matters.
He has also conducted internal investigations in the United States, Latin
America, Europe, and Asia relating to allegations of money laundering and
financial fraud, senior management misconduct, the False Claims Act, and the
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Michael also partners with members of Orrick’s Public Policy
group to represent companies and entrepreneurs facing complex regulatory and compliance
issues. In connection with a pro bono
matter, Michael has worked to successfully pass legislation in multiple states,
including California and Texas, where he testified before the Texas House of
Representatives’ Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.
Prior to joining Orrick, Michael served as a law
clerk to Chief Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. of the United States District
Court, Eastern District of California. As
a clerk, Michael researched and drafted proposed opinions and orders
in a variety of civil and criminal matters at all stages of the proceedings.
Michael earned his J.D. from the Pepperdine University
School of Law where he served as Symposium Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review and
graduated Summa Cum Laude and Order of the Coif. While at
Pepperdine, Michael also received a Master of Dispute Resolution from the
Straus Institute and a Master of Public Policy. Michael graduated cum laude from Georgetown University
with a degree in Government. While a
student, Michael interned for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives,
the California Governor’s office, and the California Secretary of State.
completed a secondment with the Yolo County District Attorney's office in 2018, where he led multiple jury trials to verdict as a volunteer Deputy District Attorney.